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Severe acid reflux? HELP

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  • Posted By: isabellaxx
  • December 31, 2007
  • 01:55 AM

Until I was four I suffered from very severe acid reflux and wouldnt even eat. I underwent a fundoplication to help lower my symptoms. The fundo really helped and I have been feeling fine up until now.

About 4 weeks ago I had a routine endoscopy just to check everything. My doctor has come back and told me that my esophogus is inflamed and filled with mucus. He also said that I will eventually need another fundo - which sux!

I can feel the mucus at the back of my throat and its really disgusting.
Does anyone have any ideas how to lower my symptoms?
I take daily omeoprezole, but it doesnt help with the mucus.

Thanks heaps in advance.

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  • I do not know what the procedure is, is that the repair of the muscles that hold the food down? They offered me the same surgery if so. It seems real complicated sometimes to eliminate acid, Prilosec is a little weak for the problem you're describing, and sometimes one person doesn't find relief with it. I tried the same as you, 20mg daily and it didn't do the trick till I tripled the dose. Prevacid and Nexium was much more expensive but much higher quality. They also have Prevacid, solubles, works wonders on the go or to down quick acid. I might suggest you change Doctors if yours can't get your acid under control with surgery and hasn't suggested changing meds. Did he do a Endoscopy to check for bacteria or to check any sort of Xrays? There are some other causes of acid, but anyways I'll try to help.. Also as for Acid Reflux, here are my personal suggestions for lowering it: raise your bed from under the top with Books 6-12 inches... Let your food digest 3 hours before sleeping, preferably longer if your digestion takes long or you ate a lot. Cut your meals down to smaller ones. Eliminate all acidic foods, including: Tomatoes, peppermint, chocolate, candy junk food, spices and spicy food of any kind, fat or greasy food of any kind, even sadly some fruits mostly citrus like Oranges and Grapefruits, no coffee, tea, cigs or alcohol. Basically anything that raises acidity and that which breaks down well were for me things like cereal even though dairy is a no no, breads, unbreaded meats, steamed veggies... All these things are softer on the belly when they're bland and boring you know your doing ok. Wear clothes that do not constrict the belly, like elastic waistbands. No Tight clothing... Rest and Relaxation as often as possible as the muscles that control digestion can get up in an uproar, becareful especially around eating upsetting your stomach by too much activity other than soft walks. I'd avoid situps and bending...especially on food... Drink Plenty of Water, as that should help dilute acid in the belly and is the softest drink, avoid soft drinks and other stuff that upsets a belly. Water is the best of all things you can drink... Personally you can add in pepto bismal, as I have found it's the best coater to prevent erosions. As for any other OTC medicine, I have found little or nothing. Aside from OTC Prilosec, which in my opinion is not strong enough. Lastly, if you have a high stress diet in life, and you just can't change it.. Though with such bile and acid you might have to... God knows if it's your gallbladder or something... Something they can test for... You may wish to change jobs to lower stress, or try something that relaxes muscles. See a Psych Doctor or ask your Doctor about muscle relaxants. Particularly if your stomach gets muscle pains and stiffness during around digestion, it could be stress induced GERD Good luck and I hope these suggestions helped. Mine took time, once the healing begins, after some time usually the skins inside replenish themselves. Hopefully yours does, any questions ask away
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